Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 28-30 and Camel Science!!

Lesson 28  The Sui and Tang Dynasties of China
 He wanted to make the Chinese dragon for their New Year out of legos!

We didn't get to it, but a book for this lesson would be Day of the Dragon King by Mary Pope Osbourne

Lesson 29  Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

For this lesson we talked about how Camels can walk on sand without sinking!  You will need a bowl with sand and 2 pieces of card board circles cut out.  One in the shape of a dime and the other about 2 inches around.

First, have them walk across the sand.  See how our feed would sink.

Now try it with shoes on!

(He pushed down on it with a pencil eraser.)  We still would sink.

Now, if we put on even bigger shoes,we won't sink.  This is why camels have feet as large as a plate!  They don't sink in the sand.  this allows them to carry big loads and not sink in the sand like an automobile would!

We didn't get to this book yet either, but Seasons of the Sandstorm by Mary Pope Osbourne is on my list for this lesson.

Lesson 30   The Spread of Islam

Looking for flags of Islam today.

We read the book
Saladin: A Noble Prince of Islam
by Diane Stanley


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

USA study: Massachusetts

Some cool Massachusetts facts:

1.  Basketball (1891) and chocolate chips have their origins in this state.
2.  The Mayflower landed here in 1620.
3.  The 1st Thanksgiving was celebrated here in 1621.

Letting Swfit Rivers Go
by Jane Yolen

Paul Revere's Ride
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Who's that stepping on Plymouth Rock?
by Jean Fritz

Berlioz the Bear
by Jan Brett

M is for Mayflower
by Margot Theis Raven

We wrapped our week up in Massachusetts with the baking of a Boston Cream Pie!!  One of my favorite desserts!

One of the crafts that I was going to do, but didn't get to is a craft on the Mayflower.  THIS is the one I was going to use.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Presidents Study: John Quincy Adams books and crafts

Dangerous Crossing
by Stephen Krensky

John Quincy Adams
by Mike Venzia

During John Quincy Adams presidency, our country grew by leaps and bounds.  Canals, railroads and bridges were beginning to be built.  The country was getting ready for expansion.  I had him to out to his sandbox and build a canal and a bridge.

These are some pictures of the Ohio-Erie Canal from our trip to Coshocton, Ohio.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 25-27

Lesson 25  Columba, Missionary to Scotland

Illuminated letter:

We also read the book Across a Dark and Wild Sea
by Don Brown

Lesson 26  Early Japan and Prince Shotoku


Lesson 27  Gregory the Great

For this lesson we sang the "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" which is based off a chant from this era.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 22-24

Lesson 22  Daily life in the Dark Ages

For this lesson we read the book The Middle Ages by Maria Rius.

The Sword in the Tree
by Clyde Robert Bulla

Making our barber pole!  He used duct tape and a paper towel holder!

 Lesson 23  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

Then, we did this knight craft.

Lesson 24  Justinian ! and Theodora, Rulers of the Byzantine Empire

For this lesson he made a crown.  I had him use construction paper, jewels and paint.

King Conner!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Series: Bible in a Year with your kids week #52 FREE Activity packet

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Day 351  1 Peter 1-5

Day 352  Hebrews 1-4

Day 353  Hebrews 5-8

Day 354  Hebrews 9-13

Day 355  2 Timothy 1-4

Day 356  2 Peter 1-3; Jude

Day 357  No reading


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Presidents Study: James Monroe books and crafts


James Monroe Young Patriot
by Rae Bains

James Monroe
by Mike Venzia

James Monroe
by Anne Welsbacher

James Monroe was the first president to do absolutely nothing to his hair.  No powder and no wig!!

We also discussed the Monroe Doctrine.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 19-21

Lesson 19  St Patrick, Missionary to Ireland
We read Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland

                by Tomie DePaola

Lesson 20 Attila the Hun

Walking bow-legged!

Lesson 21  Fall of the Western Roman Empire

For this lesson we did the shopping game in the book and studied inflation.